Volunteer English Teaching in Tanzania
Volunteer English Teaching in Tanzania
This programme is fantastic if you’re looking to get some experience of English teaching in an exciting and exotic place! Our Volunteer English Teaching programme in Tanzania involves helping children from 6-14 years old to build their confidence and English skills across a range of activities. In fact, we have great relationships with many schools in this district and they are always in need of some support. So if you love working with children, know how to engage them (and maybe have a few good rhyming songs up your sleeve), you will love this programme!
Improve your skills, working with Happy Zanzibarian Children!
It may not be easy for children to speak out in a different language, so you will need to be super creative, and able to work to different levels of ability. If you like, you can even bring your own teaching materials with you – resources are scarce here, so the more the better! Your day will involve 4 – 6 hours of teaching with breaks in between, and you will help prepare lessons and support teaching staff during this time. There are also after-school activities which you can take part in if you just can’t get enough of these super kids! The children are generally a really happy bunch, and incredibly curious about our volunteers, so you’ll have no problem finding things to talk about!
Explore the wilds of Tanzania, its Ancient History and Culture!
Aside from being a volunteer in Tanzania, you’ll want to do a little (but really, a lot:) of exploring. And luckily for you, this country has so much to offer, you’ll struggle to fit it all in! Whether you’re into hiking and trekking, or simply ambling around the villages, taking in the sights and sounds, it’s all here for you! Importantly, Kilimanjaro (yes, the mountain!) is only a couple of hours away, so that’s a must-see – and there are safaris and nature reserves for animal lovers too! In addition, if you’ve always wanted to get to know the stoic Maasai tribe, you can even stay with them and learn all about their culture as an add on to your project. In short, you’ll not be short of things to do on this amazing volunteer teaching programme!
Why Volunteer as an English Teacher in Tanzania?
- Improve your teaching skills and make a difference in the local community
- Work with children who are eager to learn from you – and about you!
- Learn all about Tanzanian culture, its history and its people
- Make friends with other volunteers and plan your own adventures
- Stay in our volunteer centre or with a host family – meals and beverages* included
*tea, coffee and drinking water
You will arrive on Sunday and have plenty of time to relax and settle in ahead of your exciting week as a Volunteer English Teacher in Tanzania!
Mandatory Orientation Day
On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day to get accustomed to your surroundings. Your volunteer teaching programme here in Tanzania will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.
Orientation Day Schedule (Monday)
- Welcome, introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.
- Tanzanian Do’s and Don’ts, volunteer information, culture introduction and country history and intensive Swahili language lessons.
- Tour around the compound and local area; where to find local shops, and arrange a sim-card if necessary.
- Hike up the beautiful Monduli mountains
Tuesday to Friday
- Volunteer English teaching at the school
- Lunch break
- Volunteer English teaching at the school
- Lesson Planning for next day
Cost of transport to locations is not included, but will usually be around £1.50 per day.
This schedule can be changed depending on weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Evenings and Weekends
After a day as a volunteer teaching, you can choose to explore the area or simply relax with new friends back at your accommodation. Many of our volunteers enjoy mixing with their new volunteer friends during the week and plan their weekend adventures together.
Places to Visit
Tanzania is a truly incredible place to visit, and you will need to plan ahead to fit in as much as you can! Here are our favourite areas …
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Expanding over plains, forests, and savannahs, you will find the world’s largest crater here, where incredible wildlife coexists with the Maasai. This area is a must-see when in Tanzania.
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire is famous for its population of elephants and the symbolic Baobab tree. During the dry season, you will find zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, elephants, wildebeests and more! While not as common, you might be able to find a lion here as well if you are lucky!
Serengeti National Park
Serengeti is probably the most worldwide known National Park in the world. It is believed to hold the largest population of lions in the world! Aside from that, cheetahs, buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, rhinos, hippos live here. Make sure you allow yourself at least two days to visit and stay overnight in either a campsite or a lodge. Serengeti cannot be done in just one day!
Arusha National Park and Mount Meru
This is the home of Mount Meru, the second largest peak in Tanzania after Kilimanjaro. While it is not the best place to spot wildlife compared to Ngorongoro or Serengeti, it is still the home of many species including giraffes, warthogs, Cape buffaloes, lions, elephants, flamingos and more! However, the main attractions here are the landscapes that line the park including the Momelia Lakes, which vary in color due to algae and are made even brighter by many different species of birds who love to swim in the water!
Lake Manyara National Park
During the wet season, pink flamingos brighten up the lake, which make it the go-to place for bird watchers. They do leave during the wet season, but Maasai Lions, Leopards, hippos, giraffes, zebras, elephants, blue monkeys, gazelles and cheetahs are here year-round!
Moshi and Mount Kilimanjaro
Moshi is about two and a half hours away from Monduli, easily reached from Monduli by taking a “dala dala” to Arusha and then another one to Moshi from there. This is a sleepy town with a Western vibe as it is the starting point of the Mount Kilimanjaro climb! On a clear day, you can get excellent views of the highest mountain in Africa (tip: head over to Moshi Train Station for a top-notch view.
Kikuletwa Hot Springs
A lesser-known but still amazing attraction! Located between Arusha and Moshi are Kikuletwa Hot Springs. The water isn’t actually hot, but its temperature is perfect for swimming and relaxing. Known as an oasis, the water here is so blue that you have to see it to believe it! It is a favorite go-to place for locals and expats alike, and there is even a rope you can use to dive into the water with style!
Arusha is one of the main cities of Tanzania and is easy to reach from Monduli in less than an hour and a half. From here, most safari companies depart to many of the national parks surrounding it, so it is your go-to place for wildlife! In Arusha, you find a myriad of things to do – from Maasai markets selling crafts to bring back home, to cinemas, shopping malls, Western food, and more!
Hiking Around Monduli
Monduli is set amidst lush mountains that are a great opportunity for hiking off-the-beaten-path. There are numerous trails, one of which leads to a gorgeous waterfall. Speak to our coordinator to arrange, as the government needs to grant you permission (for a fee) to visit beyond certain spots in order to conserve the area.
Iringa and Ruaha National Park
An great place to visit if you have the time after finishing our programme! Ruaha National Park is the largest National Park in Tanzania and boasts cheetahs, the second largest population of Leopards in Africa, buffalos, hippos, and more!
Whilst a bit of a journey, it is possible to fly to Zanzibar for a weekend from Arusha airstrip, a small airport that operates domestic flights and is not too far from our centre! While here, don’t miss Stone Town, a place that is emblematic for its mazes and spices (take a spice tour for sure!). Another must is a visit to Prison Island, where you can spot dolphins and marine life. Travel north or east of the island for some of the best and cleanest beaches in the world and enjoy the Indian Ocean at its best!
You will be staying in the district of Monduli located within the Arusha region, in northeastern Tanzania. The Monduli district is an extremely popular spot for tourists to learn how the local Maasai people live as well as observe the natural environment.
Numerous attractions such as Lake Manyara, Mount Meru, Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro are nearby and are the natural wonders of this incredible region. We really recommend adding our Cultural Week to fully explore this amazing territory!
About the Accommodation
During your time here as a volunteer in Tanzania, you will either stay in our local volunteer centre or with a host family. The volunteer centre has male and female dorm rooms with shared bathrooms, a communal living room and a dining room. There may be western-style toilets, but the traditional squat-style flush toilet is more common. Also, the accommodation is on a local school campus so there are lots of green spaces to enjoy, including a large garden where you can relax and socialise. Importantly, we suggest that all participants get a local SIM card and buy a bundle to maintain personal internet access.
Meals consist of local cuisine which includes a lot of corn, rice, potatoes, and bananas. Some beef, goat meat, beans, and a few green leafy vegetables will help to add nutrients to your daily meals. There are very few western dishes, so please be prepared for something a little different than you’re used to! Please note: The programme includes 3 meals per day throughout the week and two meals per day at the weekend.
There are many shops located close to the accommodation, as well as small local restaurants, salons, pharmacy, an ATM and local markets). Further, the local hospital is also easily reached on foot and is well equipped.
There is a local “dala-dala” (minibus) area that can take you to Arusha, which is a major city in Tanzania where you can find numerous markets, shops, malls, restaurants and supermarkets.
Please note that the programme does not include transport, and extra provision must be made for your excursions.
Trip Country Info
Population: 55 million
Language: Swahili, English
Currency: Tanzanian Shilling (TZS)
Time zone: EAT (UTC +3)
Parts of the country are in Southern Africa and it is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south; and by the Indian Ocean to the east. It is home to Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, in its northeastern region and is considered the Safari capital of the world!
Tanzania is a presidential constitutional republic, and since 1996, its official capital city has been Dodoma, where the President’s Office, the National Assembly, and some government ministries are located. Dar es Salaam, the former capital and its largest city, retains most government offices and is the country’s principal port and leading commercial centre.
Volunteer holidays to Tanzania are enjoyed in a land of spectacular beauty, and one of the largest countries in Africa. It lies on the east coast of Africa and is bordered to the north by Kenya and Uganda, to the west is Zaire, Rwanda, Burundi and Zambia and to the south are Malawi and Mozambique. Tanzania comprises of coastal lowland, volcanic highlands, the Great Rift Valley and the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. We have a selection of volunteering programs in Tanzania with placements at orphanages, teaching & medical placements.
Tanzania is the only country in the world which has allocated at least 25 per cent of its total area to wildlife national parks and protected areas, including the world famous Serengeti National Park. We provide exciting gap adventures to Tanzania, backpacking holidays and volunteering work experience programs. If you are interested in volunteering in Tanzania or trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro have a look at our latest programs below or give us a call for more information.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
|DBS, Criminal Background Check|
|Under 18, Parental Consent|
|You are welcome to bring teaching material|
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance